Make Me Up Mia: A Lifestyle & Beauty Blog: My Recent Florida Visit #prayformayberry

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Recent Florida Visit #prayformayberry



As most of you know, I just returned home from visiting my family & brother in Wauchula, FL where he's currently living at FINR, a traumatic brain injury rehabilitation center. They left Oklahoma in September and I hadn't seen them since. They aren't sure how long they will remain there, but more than likely another few months. I wanted to share a little update on Christian and some pictures from the trip. I also got to spend a little time with Dustin's cousin and her sweet family. They live in Tampa so they picked me up from the airport and took me out to Wauchula. It was so nice to see them! 








There is definitely a lot of improvement that's been made, he's come a long way since September. When they left he was pretty much in the bed 24/7 and wasn't moving his left side at all. Now he moves his left arm and leg a lot, he's in therapy a few hours a day where he's standing, taking some steps and using a leg only exercise bike. He's in speech therapy an hour a day as well, she works with him on speech, eating and memory. 


Christian is 95% of the time happy as can be. Talking up a storm, wanting mom to feed him and making people laugh. He struggles sometimes too though. It's heartbreaking to hear him say things like "I just want to die" "I'm in so much pain, you have no idea what it's like to have a TBI" "I can't do this anymore". It's hard, we quickly try to turn his mind around to all the positive. How far he's come, how many lives he's touched, the thousands of people that are following him and are always praying for him. He's a hero to so many people, but the poor kid is going through something nobody should have to. It's not easy, for him or my parents. However, he truly has come SO far and we know that God is nowhere near done with him yet. He's got a long way to go, but he is kicking butt. If you would, please continue to pray for Christian and my family, for strength as they continue on this journey. 

Currently, Christian is:
-Obsessed with hamburgers & cheesecake. Asks for them all the time!
-Loves hugs & kisses and to hold your hand.
-Says "HOLY GUACAMOLE!" a lot. 
-Loves to repeat the "Jake from State Farm at 3 o'clock in the morning" commercial word for word for anyone that will listen.
-Starts complaining of pain when it's time for therapy, just like a kid in school. We're on to you buddy… 
-Loves to make you laugh anyway he can.
-Calls people hobo's, a lot. 
-Always wants to hear Switchfoot and loves to praise Jesus for saving him, no matter where he is.

While I was there, we took a family outing to Sarasota and up the coast. We had lunch at a  little restaurant on the water called O'Leary's and walked around the water a bit. It was a gorgeous day and their first family outing since they'd been there. 








Mom's posted a lot of videos of him in rehab lately on the Pray for Mayberry Facebook page, there is a video of his reaction when I got there as well. As always, thank you so much for following along and for your continued prayers & support. It means the world, you truly have no idea how much it gets my family through <3 

74 comments:

  1. Amazing how far he's come since September!! I'm so happy you were able to go to Florida to spend time with your family!! I'm sure seeing you picked Christian's spirits up as well! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. I'm following Christian on Facebook and sending prayers and love.

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  3. i am soo happy to hear that christian is doing better! it's wonderful that you were able to spend some time with him -- im sure he loved it. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. Well, Christian and Ryan would 100% be best buddies solely based on their love for that State Farm commercial. That gave me the biggest smile this morning! It looks like you had a great trip - Christian looks fantastic! I can't believe just how much better he looks since last September. You know how much you and your family mean to me, and you're ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers.

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  5. Wonderful to see his amazing progress! Keeping you and your family in my continued prayers. xox

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  6. I'm so happy you were able to go visit! No doubt it meant the world to Christian! I just adore his reaction to you! Love you all & continuing to pray for complete healing for all! 😘

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  7. I am so happy to hear you had a great visit and that Christian is doing better! I'm so happy to hear he's making progress and that the facility seems to be helping him. I know how hard it must be to hear him get frustrated and upset about things but you guys are doing all the right things to keep him positive. I can't even imagine being in his position right now but I'm sure I'd feel the same way he does occasionally. It's great that he's happy most of the time and always trying to make people laugh! Keep it up Christian!!

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  8. Loved hearing about your visit and hearing that Christian is doing so much better. I teared up when I saw your video on Instagram. He's a strong guy and so happy to hear he continues to get better everyday xo

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  9. I love hearing how God is making so many great milestones in his recovery! Prayers are continuously going out to you, your family, and your brother for the strength needed to continue forward. He is so fortunate to have an awesome family like yours to support him through these times :)

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  10. Aw I am so glad to hear he has made so much improvement in the past months!! I know how hard it can be to hear someone say they want to give up or die, my Patients tell me that all the time and it breaks my heart so I can't imagine hearing that from my brother! But just keeping him postive is the way to go! He's a fighter and I know God has big things planned for him!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  11. I'm so happy that you had a nice trip and that you all got to spend time together. Christian looks great and I'm glad that he's doing so well. Love all of your pictures too. You look just like your mom!! :-)

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  12. This post gave me the chill!! Just precious! So glad you got to be there with him. I absolutely love the photos!!! I love seeing/reading him praising Jesus too! Talk about true faith - someone who can praise Him despite the storms! I LOVE the sun picture and the beach pictures too! So glad y'all have seen progress and laughed about the Holy Guacamole comment! :)

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  13. What a wonderful trip!! And SO happy to hear all of the progress that Christian is making! Florida doesn't sound like a bad place to recover :) Continued prayers for everyone!

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  14. So happy to hear how much progress he has made! I'm sure it is also so tough to hear him say things like that but the strength your family has is so amazing!!! Don't you love Sarasota??? My parents live there and every time I go down there I swear it feels like a whole different planet. So beautiful and relaxing!

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  15. So so happy he's doing better! That video of him seeing you just about brought me to tears! I think i watched it at least 5 times!

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  16. This makes my heart so happy. Still praying for Mayberry! (Also I typically use his first name when talking to God and his last for hashtag purposes! ha)

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  17. So glad to read about all of the progress he's made, and to see such beautiful smiles in these pictures!

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  18. Golly... I teared up at the praising Jesus to Switchfoot... wow...
    I can imagine how it tugs your heart to hear him talk about pain... God be near.
    So glad you had a great time. I love seeing his progress... & only expect more to come!!!

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  19. So glad you were able to go visit Christian and the rest of your family...and especially that you could see the awesome progress he's making! I'll continue to keep you and your whole family in my thoughts and prayers!

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  20. So glad you were able to spend some time with your family! Your brother is making such great progress - keeping him in my thoughts!

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  21. I love to see how well he has been progressing! Looks like a great visit.

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  22. It has to feel amazing to see the progress that he has made. I can't begin to imagine what he goes through, or how hard it is for your family to hear him when he is down. You guys have amazing strength and are so supportive, I am sure he knows and feels your love. I am so glad that you were able to go down and visit. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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  23. I love hearing about Christian and the progress he is making! The strength of your family is simply amazing. So glad you got to visit and by the way...you look just like your mom!

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  24. He looks amazing! What awesome progress he is making! Continued support to your family!

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  25. Beautiful pictures, and loving all the good news on his improvements. Praying for continued healing for him ;-)

    And I too always repeat the Jake from State Farm commercial.. one of the best ever!

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  26. I just love that he's praising Jesus :) That makes me so happy! What a strong guy! I'm so happy to hear how well he's doing and the progress that he's making. That's what I prayed for!!!

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  27. I keep up with him on the Facebook page and I'm so glad he is continuing to improve. I pray for your family every day. Nothing is too big for God to handle!

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  28. I'm so glad he is improving and that you got to visit! I love seeing the updates on Facebook, he and all of your family are so strong and brave! Praying for him and all of you!

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  29. I'm so happy that you got to see him, and it makes my heart so happy to hear about his progress. I can't even begin to imagine how hard it has been for your family and for Christian but he's making wonderful strides!

    xoxo,
    Meghan

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  30. my goodness, what fabulous progress he has made! that is so amazing and i hope he continues! glad you got to see him and spend time with your family.

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  31. It makes me smile that he says "holy guacamole" often heheh! I say that sometimes too! :) Also glad to hear that the majority of the time he is in good shape. I'm sure it's hard on him though... praying that he'll continue improving in God's name!

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  32. That video of him when he saw you brought me to tears. How sweet! I'm so excited you were able to see your family! Always in my prayers. xo

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  33. I am glad he is improving and it is so touching reading your post but God is amazing. xx

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  34. I will definitely pray for you and your family. I really enjoyed all of these photos as well.

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  35. So glad you got to see them and he is doing so well! I think of you and your family often!

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  36. It just makes my heart sing to see how big of a smile is on his face in these pictures, God is good! I'm so glad that he is continuing to make progress and that your family was able to make some new memories with you both during your trip!

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  37. What a wonderful time with your gorgeous family. Love hearing about the progress Christian is making and how positive he stays. xx

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  38. So wonderful to hear this update and I love seeing all the pictures. I'm so happy that you were able to finally get to FL to visit and see all of your family. It looks like the weather was beautiful for you guys and glad you got some time at the beach!!

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  39. I know that God has his hands on your brother, and it's amazing to hear about his progress!! That is just so awesome!

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  40. It's so great to see the progress he has made, he truly is a hero. Continuing to say prayers for him and your sweet family!

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  41. So glad he is doing better and that you were able to spend time with him and your family! Continued prayers for a complete recovery!
    xo

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  42. Continuing to send so many prayers for him (and your family). I'm so happy to hear that he's had such progress! And praise Jesus is RIGHT! Saving him was all Jesus. (Totally unrelated but your skin looks absolutely flawless! You're gorgeous girl)! Sending y'all love <3

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  43. Love the pictures and thanks for the update! So glad you got to be together. I know it must have been nice for all of you. I'm so happy he has come such a long way, but I know it is still really difficult for all of you.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  44. Christian looks amazing!! So glad you had that special time with him!! Looks like you guys had a blast!! xoxo

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  45. So happy to hear that he is doing well! He looks great too!!

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  46. love hearing his progress. he has done so amazingly well from where he was. i know he loved seeing you!! i can't wait to see a year from now how far he will be.

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  47. Such a great recap- it looks like you had a wonderful time. Christian looks great, I love his huge smile in all of the pictures-- his progress is truly amazingI love the pictures of you guys in your pray for mayberry shirts :) Keeping you in my prayers!

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  48. So glad that he's made so much progress since September!! Looks like you had a good trip too. Hope he continues to stay positive!

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  49. I can't believe the progress Christian has made in a several months, what a blessing! Looks like you had a great trip, I'm jealous of all that sunshine. PS. You look JUST like your momma! Holy cow!

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  50. SO HAPPY to hear how awesome he is doing! Truly amazing! I will continue to keep him and your family in my prayers!

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  51. Mia, I have absolutely loved following along in Christian's recover through the FB page and the videos your mom posts. He really is doing so well! I can only imagine how he feels but I love that he's in great spirits most of the time. So glad you got to spend some time with them.

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